The Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
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THE WINNER: DeMichael Harris
School: Saint Aloysius (Vicksburg, Miss.)
Weight: 170 pounds
Athletic achievement: He won a trio individual state titles at the Class 3A Mississippi Association of Independent Schools meet this past season, setting meet records in all three disciplines. The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year, Harris won the 100-meter dash in 10.55 seconds, the 200-meter dash in 20.87 and the 400-meter dash in 47.96. He also took fourth in the 200 at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor (20.95), while his qualifying heat time of 20.88 at NBNO ranked as the nation’s No. 9 clocking among prep competitors in 2016 at the time of his selection.
Academic excellence: Harris has maintained a 3.75 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the Key Club and the National Honor Society, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the Good Shepherd Community Center.
“DeMichael is a great kid with amazing character,” said Saint Aloysius coach Michael Fields. “He’s just a gem to coach, and I think he’s a better person than he is an athlete.”
THE FUTURE: Harris has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in football and track and field on scholarship at Hinds Community College this fall.